Jean Bolen, MD
Jean is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Arts, Sciences and the Soul of Healing Award". She is a feminist and former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women and Crones Don't Whine. She brings an emphasis on the question for meaning and the need for a spiritual dimension in life to all aspects for her work, while also taking into account the powerful effects of archetypes within us and family and culture upon us. Her books are used as college and university texts in gender studies, women’s psychology, mythology, spirituality, east-west philosophy, and psychology courses. She cofounded Psychic and New Realities magazines, publications about parapsychological and mind-body-spiritual subjects.
Monday April 25 -- 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
The Grail and the Goddess: A Healing Paradigm for Psyche and Planet
The Fisher King in the Grail Legend has a wound that will not heal, his kingdom is a wasteland and only the Grail can heal him. In the DaVinci Code and in Jean Bolen's Crossing to Avalon, the Grail is the sacred feminine. “Goddess” is emerging into the culture in many forms. She is feminine divinity as maiden-mother-crone, she is the resacralization of nature, the feminine principle, an expression of embodied spirituality, and the sacred center of women’s circles. Grail and goddess are archetypes in the collective unconsconsious (morphic/quantum field), while the wounded Fisher King resides symbolically in individuals, corporations, institutions and nations wherever control over others is sought and exercised.
- the Grail as a numinous symbol and its many interpretations
- the wounded Fisher King as a symbol in the individual psyche and as a symbol of patriarchy, and
- the sacred feminine, Goddess and Grail as the symbolic means of healing the wasteland in the individual and in the culture